The traditional ruler of Ikeduru in Owerri, Imo State, South East Nigeria, Eze Oliver Ubaleme Njoku has called on the Nigerian electoral umpire, INEC to upgrade to electronic voting on or before the 2023 general election.
The traditional ruler said this would address numerous anomalies that has bedevilled the current electoral process.
He added that Vote buying was thriving because people still queued to cast their ballots, creating an avenue for the buyer and seller to meet.
“If people are given the opportunity to vote from their offices , homes, business centers and whever they are, you won’t be talking about vote buying. The buying has persisted because the voting system creates a meeting point for the corrupt politicians who cheaply buy the conscience of the electorate. I tell you corruption is in every facet of this country” ‘ he said.
The traditional ruler who lamented pockets of violence in some polling units in his community and neighbouring ones said he had to stay longer after voting to ensure a free process from voting to the end of collation.
The Gubernitorial and State Assembly elections were peaceful in most polling stations in Owerri metropolis but violence erupted in some polling units in Nkasi Emebiam and Eziobodo in Owerri West local government area.